Panama City is the capital and largest city of Panama, and is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal.
Panama City is a very multicultural place, with large populations from many different parts of the world. Spanish is spoken by most, but many speak some English. On the streets, Panamanians are (for the most part) extremely friendly and helpful, and love to dispense advice. There's great shopping, from high-end stores in the malls around Paitilla and in the banking district around Via Espana, to bargains around La Central (Central Avenue, now turned into a pedestrian walkway) and the Los Pueblos outdoor mall. Panama City was chosen to be the American Capital of Culture for the year 2003 (jointly, with Curitiba, Brazil).